Mrs Atkinson and the Chair of our Governing Body have written to parents and sent them a hard copy of the above Inspection Report.
You can download their letter and the report by clicking the links below.
Following the two day Section 8 Ofsted Inspection, please find enclosed their full report. We thought we would highlight some of the many positive features for your attention.
The Inspectors were particularly complimentary regarding our students. They found that ‘the students are confident and self-assured.’ They are respectful to each other and are happy to talk to adults about their feelings and concerns.’. Inspectors were very confident that a culture exists to promote the safety of all pupils and were confident that safeguarding was effective.
Inspectors noted the improved focus on intervention for Year 11 this academic year. ‘The Academy’s work to support current cohorts to achieve better results in GCSE and vocational courses is much improved. Standards of work have improved since the last published results because more pupils now make better progress, particularly in Year 11’. The Academy is confident that current Year 11s are on track to achieve better GCSE examination results this year.
A key focus has been on improving support for the Most Able. Inspectors recognised that, ‘The Most Able pupils currently at this Academy are now more assured of receiving the higher examination results of which they are capable.’.
Inspectors were particularly complimentary of not only the conduct of our students, but also their enthusiasm for the many varied and exciting opportunities on offer. The 16-19 study programme was seen to be good and students make good progress because teaching is good in the Sixth Form. Inspectors were particularly complimentary regarding the strength of student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Ofsted noted, ‘The Academy’s ethos, CARES (Creativity, Aspiration, Resilience, empathy & Scholarship) promotes fundamental British values of respect and tolerance strongly and fosters pupil’s spiritual moral, social and cultural development successfully. Pupils are adequately prepared for their future lives in modern Britain through personal, social health and economic education.’.
The governing body is very clear about the improvements that need to be made to ensure consistency in terms of progress and outcomes for all our students. We are pleased that steps are already being taken to act on the recommendations of the report and we will continue to work closely with the academy and to monitor and challenge the progress of those actions. We do not underestimate how much still needs to be done. For the remaining weeks of this term, myself, the senior leadership team and the governing body will be working closely with the new Principal, Mr Pinchin, to ensure the plans around consistency of expectations are implemented and adapted throughout the next academic year.
Both myself and the governors would like to thank the staff for their efforts on behalf of the Academy, as we continue to work together on our journey of rapid improvement to ensure the best outcomes for our students.